Mediator appointed for MLS labor talks

A federal mediator will be at the bargaining table when Major

League Soccer’s labor talks resume next week.

Management and the MLS Player Union have accepted an offer

from George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and

Conciliation Service.

The league’s labor contract expired Feb. 25 when players

refused to agree to another extension of the deal, which originally

was to have run out Jan. 31.

Players want free agency within the league when their

contracts expire and a higher percentage of guaranteed contracts.